Hello Athena

Pam trailered Athena to River Brink to ride a loop with us this morning. It was an ideal relaxed summer trail ride.

We rode past Daisies and Baby on the way home. ( Baby would not come out of the shelter however.)

Then it was loading into the trailer practice for Bella, Kol and Mara B. (thanks Pam.) Mara loaded in and out twice, just beautifully and it was fun to see her do something a little out of our ordinary routine. Mara was calm and quiet about it all.

photos were too tough to take during the actual “practice” as I can only do one thing at a time, and I was focused on the loading process and having a calm horse back out of the trailer.

Tree on the Trail

Mara and I had a late afternoon ride out with Kim and Rio and our discovery was this tree down across the trail. No big deal for our mounts and on we continued to the entrance of the neighboring stable.

We all enjoyed these fresh juniper bushes that we passed, they smelled and looked so lovely.

A good first day of summer ride, and thank you for riding along with us!

Rode (the road) with Rio

Kim and Rio rode with us this afternoon on the Meyer loop road, and Kim is the photographer for a few of today’s photos, thanks Kim. we had an ideal day to enjoy the sun the breeze and the fields riding this perfect peaceful sandy field road.

We saw turkeys today and were amazed at the height of the corn already.

We extended the outing off on to a side road and then returned home through the Meyer Farm again. The cows were being fed and we noticed the thistle is flowering, which looked lovely from afar.

This last day of “Spring” gave us a wonderful ride.

Puddles & Bench

The path to Mara’s paddock was mostly a puddle today.

She was happy to see me and came right to the gate so I would take her into the barn for a snack and a break from the rain.

I sat on the barn bench while Mara munched on her hay close by. We both felt slow and lazy, so I removed the wet muddy fly boots, let her dry off a bit and we decided to wrap up the days visit.

When I returned Mara B to her paddock she stopped for a big drink.

Hope we get to ride out tomorrow!

Lost & Found

Mara and her pals where staying dry in their shelter when I arrived today, and Mara wasn’t even wet after a night of very heavy rain.

Mara and I then had perfect timing to ride out with Kim/Rio and Anne/Kol this morning between rain, mist and drizzle. However Kim lost both her phone case and her car key on the way to Sam’s.

Searching along the side of the road on our return to the Barn, we had no luck spotting the lost phone case. I even called it but we never heard the ringing. So we retraced our steps and headed back towards Sam’s for a second time.

Kim spotted it! I retrieved it, however there was no car key in the bag.

Low and behold I saw the key on the opposite side of the road quite a distance from the found phone case! I dismounted and picked it up! Yeah.

Three women out with their horses and a surprise twist that made for an ‘out of the ordinary’ ride this Monday morning. We were all delighted with the conclusion.

Wet & Jay & Hay

It was a soggy Saturday for us, darn. The paddocks were wet after heavy morning rain. Mara was dry however and she and Spice enjoyed greeting Jay when we arrived.

Jay practiced putting on Mara’s halter. She is such a patient participant!

This was Jay’s day with Mara B and he did everything with her beautifully. Leading her, grooming her and giving her a snack. We also spent time together in the indoor arena where fresh hay bales are staying dry. No one was around and the three of us had quiet leisurely bonding time together on a wet, damp afternoon.

Everyone’s looking for the sunshine now.

Boots, Shoes & a Chair

Mara B was reshod this morning and once again needed a little sedation. Brian her farrier is great and all went smoothly.

I sat in the chair next to her while she ‘woke up’ which took about two hours and cleaned my riding boots.

While Brutus cleaned up the hoof trimmings.

A day of no riding but lots of Barn time and bonding time with Mara B.

Vet Visit

Before Mara’s vet visit this morning, Jennifer and Bella rode out with us to enjoy the morning.

One of the pasture horses seen in the photo above, walked the fence line with us on our way back, keeping Mara rather curious. We also met up with Alanna and Allegro.

Doc Ed was a bigger part of our morning though. It’s been determined that Mara has a low thyroid, so she’s been on medication for that and we are trying to figure out what level of medication she needs for it. Today was a second blood test to find that out. We also addressed her hives and the allergic reaction she had on the trail last Friday. She is now being treated for that too. Plus Ed did a chiropractic elevation on her to see what areas she needs tweaked. We sure want her to be as healthy and happy as possible! She’s so good about it all, I feel she ‘knows’ we are helping her.

Muggy Monday

I like to give Mara free time in the round pen to freely move out and expend pent up energy, that’s what we did first again today.

Then while saddling up to ride out Cindy snapped this photo showing how I have Mara ‘hold’ my chaps (thanks Cindy!) An example of how I try to have Mara calmly accept novel stimuli each day as a way to continuously build our bond of trust and her experiences.

Our ride then was walking to Sam’s and back, Mara moved out at an extended walk to really stretch her legs, it felt great.

We also found these dainty white flowers.

Gate Practice

Mara and I had a little change up in routine today. First she practiced being tied in the indoor and waiting patiently for me, which she did very well. Then she had free running around time in the outdoor arena and enjoyed kicking up her heels.

Our ride kept us close to home, but it was pleasant to see the fields waving in the breeze as we walked past. Next we had outdoor arena riding, with lots of trotting and practice with opening and closing the gate. I wanted her to side pass next to the gate so I could move it, but Mara B wanted to do it herself her way! And she was great at opening the gate in both directions.

I guess we get to do things our own way, when it works just fine either way!